The Brief

Amazon, the world’s largest e-commerce retailer, invited Luxonic to light up its Manchester-based warehouse and offices. With 80,000 sq m of total floor space, Luxonic was tasked with designing the lighting installation and supplying luminaires, to improve the energy efficiency of the global internet retailer’s operation on a project of epic scale.

The Innovation

Luxonic recognised that the mixed-use environment of the office and warehouse would require a variety of lighting and control solutions. After carefully assessing the purpose each space would have for Amazon employees, Luxonic’s expert lighting engineers and designers chose from the company’s vast range of sustainable LED fixtures.

For the warehouse, split into four mezzanine levels, Luxonic was tasked with lighting occupied areas to 300 lux. For mezzanine levels, the MULTILENS LED was built into LINEARLUX® pre-wired trunking and, for racking and double-height mezzanine areas, the AISLELUX® and HI-MAX® LEDs were selected respectively. Each of the 5,000 luminaires were grouped according to the client’s specification and controlled by a LUXLINK® wireless system, allowing Amazon to use Android tablet technology to adjust light levels and monitor energy consumption. In aisles where Amazon’s KIVA robotics system operate, areas were lit to 50 lux to further reduce unnecessary energy consumption.

Though smaller in size, many different luminaires were selected for use in the office space. For office and meeting areas, our MICROLUX® LED was selected whilst our V-LED® 180 LED was installed in communal areas such as the staff internet café. For locker rooms, plants, risers and stores, CORRIST ranges were chosen with our V-LED® 50C LEDs built into bathroom ceilings. Our CORRILUX® 450C LEDs were used for stairways and MEDILUX® for kitchen areas, with our emergency luminaires, SINZ® and PRW, attached externally and internally throughout. Each of the 800 luminaires contained a built-in wireless sensor and transceiver, linked up to the LUXLINK® system. Additionally, office, communal and kitchen luminaires incorporated Luxonic’s Plug & Play wiring.

The Result

Thanks to the expertise of its lighting engineers and designers, Luxonic tackled the huge scale of the project and delivered purpose-lit, contemporary offices and warehousing spaces. The highly efficient lighting scheme minimises energy, as well as automatically testing the emergency lighting system and monitoring energy consumption. Amazon’s large-scale retailing operation will certainly benefit from Luxonic’s energy-cost reducing luminaires and intelligent controls.